The Superheroes Working to Address the Opioid Epidemic

by Jessica Hulsey

When you hear the word superhero what do you think? Probably Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or Captain America saving the day. The fictional characters with powers to leap buildings in a single bound and save the day.

When I hear the word superhero I think of people like Dr. Nora Volkow, Jonathan Blodgett, Kerry Norton, and Lauren Phelps. Extraordinary individuals using their powers and relentless passion to save generations from addiction. My superheroes are innovators saving the day and preventing and treating addiction from all sectors.

Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Nora Volkow is the Superman of addiction. Thanks to her research, we know the effects substance use has on the brain. Similar to other diseases, substance use disorders affect tissue function, but the good news is it can be repaired. Because of her research, we know how to prevent and treat addiction.